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November 3, 2011


New England Clean Energy Council
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Cleantech Leaders Honored at New England Clean Energy Council’s 4th Annual Green Tie Gala
Companies and Individuals From Across New England Receive Awards

PHOTO: Gala Keynote by Commissioner Dan Esty, CT DEEP; Credit: Ben Gebo
BOSTON, MA – The New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC) last night hosted its fourth-annual “Green Tie Gala” to celebrate the continued growth of its membership and the region’s clean energy sector. NECEC honored companies and individuals from across New England with awards acknowledging their leadership in the growing clean energy sectors and in New England’s cleantech innovation cluster.
Held at the Moakley Courthouse in Boston, the Green Tie Gala attracted more than 400 clean energy community leaders gathered at the Moakley Federal Courthouse for the Gala, including CEOs, investors, academics, government officials, and other leaders from across New England.
“The untold story in clean energy is one of strong growth across the country, with New England in a leadership role,” said Peter Rothstein, president of NECEC. “The data tells the story of continued success and expansion, but the numbers don’t come to life until you get so many entrepreneurs and innovators together in one place like at the Green Tie Gala.”
The Council honored the following as 2011 Green Tie Gala Award Winners:
Emerging Company of the Year: BigBelly Solar
BigBelly Solar, a global provider of innovative and sustainable solutions for the management of waste & recycling, was named Emerging Company of the Year for its dramatic growth and substantial global influence in increasing resource efficiencies and reducing environmental impacts in the waste management industry. BigBelly Solar saw a significant expansion around the globe in 2011, highlighted by the City of Chicago’s decision to convert their entire downtown operations over to the system, with subsequent expansion into other agencies of the City. BigBelly Solar will finish the year with more than 13,000 waste & recycling stations deployed worldwide.
Breakout Company of the Year: First Wind
First Wind, a Boston-based company focused on development and operation of utility-scale wind projects, was named Breakout Company of the Year for its impressive deployment of state-of-the-art wind projects across the country. First Wind has increased its operating capacity by 46% over Q4 2010, and has built and put in service four projects in four states with total capacity of 232 MW this year, increasing from 503MW of capacity in Q4 20102 to 735MW of operating capacity today.  Projects with an additional 141 MW of capacity are currently under construction.
Employer of the Year: Next Step Living
Next Step Living, a residential energy efficiency provider, was named Employer of the Year for its substantial growth both in 2011 and since its founding three years ago. The company has grown from 4 employees in 2008 to 210 as of late October and hired 26 people just in the last 2 weeks.
Corporate Citizen of the Year: Brown University and Yale University
Brown University was honored for its long history of environmental stewardship from advocacy to research and education, and commitment to greenhouse gas reduction. Since 2008, its Office of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Initiatives has reduced the University’s carbon footprint by 26%, as compared to a target goal of 16%. Yale University was honored for its emission reductions and aggressive targets, as well as for the conversion of its Sterling Power Plant to a combined heat and power facility.
Clean Energy Leadership Award: Bruce Anderson
Bruce Anderson, President of Wilson Solarpower, received the Clean Energy Leadership Award for his critical leadership as a co-founder of NECEC nearly five years ago, as a member of the NECEC Board and Executive Committee, and as a former NECEC Co-Chair.
Clean Energy Hall of Fame Inductee: Ian Bowles
Ian Bowles, former Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs in Massachusetts, was honored for his leadership during the first four years of the Patrick Administration. Bowles helped guide landmark energy reform via the Green Communities Act in 2008 and took a strong position backing renewable energy projects such as Cape Wind.
About the New England Clean Energy Council & the New England Clean Energy Foundation
The New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC, a 501c6) and New England Clean Energy Foundation (NECEF, a 501c3) are affiliated non-profit organizations founded in late 2006 that have already had a strong impact on the emergence and growth of a vibrant clean energy cluster in New England—and on national clean energy initiatives as well.  NECEC is the lead voice for hundreds of clean energy companies across New England, while NECEF has quickly become a leading cluster development organization, researching and developing innovation, workforce and related programs, combining forces in policy planning efforts to address clean energy cluster gaps and accelerate the innovation pipeline across New England. 
NECEC and NECEF share a common mission to accelerate New England’s clean energy economy to global leadership by building an active community of stakeholders and a world-class cluster of clean energy companies. NECEF executes projects in the areas of Innovation, Cluster & Economic Development, Education & Workforce Development, and Research, while NECEC leads efforts in Policy, Member Benefits and Stakeholder Engagement. 


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